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expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: the mall shooting that might have been worse and ended in newtown, connecticut, where it's impossible to imagine that it was worse. it's part of an ongoing pattern of carnage because we lose one life to gun violence every 20 minutes, every hour, every day. the mass murders reclaiming my time page gets the country's attention, but the same total loss of life at sandy hook happens more than twice every day all year long. this is personal for me, not just because the mall shooter was in my district, but i had a high school friend who was killed with a random freak drive-by shooting, my brother took his life with a handgun as a young man. i supported gun provisions at the state and federal level at every opportunity. it might be different now. not just because the horrific image of parade of funerals for children, i submit mayor bloomberg's advocacy for gun safety and mayors who brare the brunt of the gun violence. i welcome the president's leadership and will support any reform that he
requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon rise? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the chamber for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to ask labor secretary hill do solis a simple question on behalf of the farmers of oregon. when will we get answers about the department's heavy-handed enforcement tactics? in august mitigating circumstance colleagues and i from the oregon delegation, republicans and democrats alike, wrote to the secretary about reports that the department of labor had been discarding due process and appeal and using orders to deal with farms in the northwest. mr. walden: we are still waiting for a written response 108 days later. we know the department can move with great speed when it wan -- wants to, when it's trying to shut down a farm with little due process or appeal. so why does it take so long to get answers for oregon farmers? i ask the secretary to clarify in writing the process. no one is arguing for unfair labor practices but our f
party. and we had a lovely time. our son, ivan, and his wife kendra, who are in oregon where they have a small farm tawld tipping tree farm. we wish they could be here today, our grandson carter, who is a proud member of the university of oregon marching band, the ducks, who served as an intern for me -- not at government expense, by the way, that was at our expense. and our little dog dakota, who has become sort of a mascot of the united states senate. brian williams when he did a show on a day in the life of senate concluded that program by calling dakota the 101st senator. and, you know, i think he will be missed perhaps more than i am as i leave the senate. in 1964 i came here, i sat up in the gallery, in fact, it was the gallery right up here. and i was 16 years old. and i watched a debate in the united states senate. it was on civil rights. hubert humphrey was leading that debate. and it so inspired me that i thought, you know, someday i'd like to be down on that floor and i would like to debate the great issues of the day and i would like to represent the people of north dakota.
quorum call: mr. merkley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: mr. president, i ask the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley merkley: thank you. ,mr. president. i wanted to make a few comments on what has transpired here on the floor of the senate. first, some enormously good work has been done with regard to addressing the disaster caused by hurricane sandy. i know in a number of states, unprecedented devastation has occurred and we should respond extremely quickly, more quickly than we have. and i hope the house will immediately take up this -- this package. certainly, disaster relief delayed is disaster relief denied. so i hope the house will, indeed, move extremely quickly to address the devastation throughout the northeast. mr. president, i also wanted to note that tonight, 55 senators stood up and said as we assist the victims of hurricane sandy, we should also assist the victims of unprecedented drought and fires that devastated much of our country this last summer. how is it, you might w
oregon is correct. the house is not in order. thank you. the gentleman from texas may resume. mr. johnson: lastly, the bill directs g.a.o. to conduct a study to determine whether the medicare program should use smart card technology, an idea advanced by my colleagues, jim gerlach of pennsylvania and earl blumenauer of oregon to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in the medicare program. members should know this isn't the first time c.m.s. has been directed to act. starting in 2002, g.a.o. first called for ending the use of social security numbers on government documents. then in 2005, the fiscal year 2006, labor-hhs bill urged the secretary to accelerate planning for removing social security numbers and asked for a report. then in 2007, o.m.b. issued a directive to all federal agencies to develop plans for reducing the use of social security numbers. and then in 2008, my colleague, lloyd doggett, and i brought a bill to the floor to end the use of social security numbers on medicare cards. most recently, at an august, twelve, joint hearing, they talked about a lack of a serious plan to stop d
oregon, mr. defazio, for five minutes. mr. defazio: well, yesterday the republicans released a vague press release saying it constituted a counteroffer to the president's road map to avoid driving over the fiscal cliff. now, the republican plan purports to cut $1.3 trillion and raise $800 billion in new revenues. it did contain four specifics. four. cut medicare specific number one. $600 billion. cut medicaid, pays for nursing homes for seniors, of course. priority number two. three, cut the adequate cola for seniors on social security. even though 40% of seniors depend principally or totally upon social security and the cola already underestimated inflation particularly for medicare, essentials they need. cut that. not a driver of the deficit but, hey, cut that. one more specific. preserve the bush-era tax rates for income over $250,000. it's not a tax increase for everybody who earns over $250,000. it's only the income over $250,000 that would get additional taxes if the bush-era rates went away and the president's proposal was passed. but, no, they want to preserve -- totally pres
the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. it's difficult to focus on the task at hand in the aftermath of a shooting rampage in my district yesterday. with at least 10,000 people in a shopping mall, a young man allegedly and some eyewitnesses with body armor and semi-automatic weapon discharged 60 shots or more. there were two people killed and a young 15-year-old girl seriously wounded. mr. speaker, one is haunted by these events. we had one in aurora, colorado, at the theater where there was 12 people killed, 60 wounded. six people killed at the seek temple this summer. we had an horrific episode earlier in my congressional career in springfield, oregon. it's hard to have meaningful conversations in a variety of subjects. i was going to deal with that problem with the fiscal cliff today, but gun violence is another area in america where it seems we can't have a discussion without delusional claims of overreach and taking away hunting rifles. congress won't even allow statistics on gun violence to be gathered, and we certainly
and the people closed that gun show loophole by a vote of 70% to 30%. that same night in oregon, 60% to 40% system of americans will step up when their elected officials don't and vote for reasonable gun laws. we can't put every measure, we can't put every measure before a vote. we have to be able to count on our elected officials. to do that for us. as we are doing here today. it would be easy to be discoloneled, for me to be discurmed after 13 years of this activity. easy to be discouraged. but i can't be. because i have hope. because these people have hope also. that we can do something to change it. these people here before you because they refuse to be statistics. they want to be the story. the stories of ordinary americans who have been through -- they've been through hell and back. and they don't want it to happen to the rest of you. they're ordinary people who were thrown into an extraordinary tragedy. they didn't ask to be thrown into that. like so many others dan mentioned. it happens to so many people. we are not here to ask for your pity. we are asking to share our stories with
are you in oregon? caller: out in the woods and the country, between the coast and the ocean. guest: i medical doctor and i did might in turn ship at good samaritan hospital in portland. i love oregon. where you live is absolutely -- caller: we go without electricity a lot. yesterday we had no electricity. thank you very much. i just wanted to say that president obama, unfortunately -- i am a democrat and a hard in true believer in caring and loving and living the words that were spoken by jesus and every other holy man about love each other. he has given in tons more than most of us wanted him to give in to go along with the republican party that has said absolutely no to everything they say they will not cooperate at all. i saw the statistics of how much extra money the wealthy would have to pay because their taxes would be raised. we're talking one or two%. it is a miniscule amounts of money they are complaining about it is the age-old problem called greedy. lots and lots of the wealthy americans are denouncing their american citizenship so they don't have to pay any taxes in americ
: it's my pleasure to yield three minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for three meant. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. this defense authorization legislation is a missed opportunity. our friends would have us approve at a time when we are struggling with the long-term fiscal stability of the united states where it's set to pass a bill that authorizes funding of bills we approved in the budget control act. this is 20% above the cold war average, double what we had in 2001. even if somehow we went over that dreaded fiscal cliff and sequestration kicked in, it would only reduce spending to what it was in 2007, adjusted for inflation, when we were fighting two wars. it's a missed opportunity. i heard my friend from utah talk about avoiding any increase in fee in terms of health care. excuse me? we are looking at draconian impacts that some are suggesting for some of our society's most vulnerable, and here we haven't adjusted a fee since 1995. the department of defense is going to spend $50 billion on
as the election director in the state of oregon and the state of alaska. with that, i will hand off to john and i look forward to the panel. >> thank you. i'm very excited about this panel. i have told them that we want to keep things moving in the one hour we have been given, that we want to keep people awake because we know we're the only thing standing between them and cocktail hour. we are going to do a good job of discussing the current issues on voter registration and what the experiences of various panel members have been this year. i will give you that cliff notes on the bios of these four people. the first one is secretary ross miller from nevada. he was first elected in 2007 as the youngest secretary of state in nevada's history. he's currently the president of maps. he was honored by the aspen institute as of 24 rising stars in governments and he has successfully fought for campaign and election reforms in his state. nevada is one of the states that has been working with us and working with other states to form the electronic registration information center, an exciting new development
that just as after aroarow, just as after oregon, just as after columbine, we won't act. and that's not good enough. i'll tell you how i'm going to challenge myself. i'm going to imagine noah and jack, 6-year-olds who nobody really knew. i didn't know them. their parents didn't really know them. didn't know where they'd go to college, what they'd grow up to be, who they'd take to a prom. i'm going to imagine them standing right here. and that's not hard for me with a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old at home. looking up and asking, will you do it? thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. mr. murphy: thank you, mr. speaker. may i inquire as to the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 33 minutes remaining. mr. murphy: thank you, mr. speaker. we've got a number of speakers so we'll try to give a minute and a half to as many as we can and i'd yield now 90 seconds to the gentlelady from colorado, ms. degette. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. degette: not again. we all said it to ourselves in the split second we heard it on friday. no
from the progressive policy institute. we have senator bob packwood from oregon, former chairman of the senate finance committee, part of the 1986 negotiations. and the other folks here have been part of the conversation. my only message to the new arrivals, please jump in whenever you see fit. we have an hour to an hour and a half. if you hear something you want to weigh in on, don't wait for me. we're talking now about the other very small issue in this issue and that is tax policy and how best to put the nation on a sustainable fiscal path. the question of revenue, how much, where to get it, the options on the table and would like your thoughts. as you heard from chairman bachus. they need ideas to bridge this gap because we appear to be at a stale mate. i turn it over to john to get your thoughts knowing he has to leave and the center for american progress has come out with some ideas and john maybe you would like to weigh in on some of those and your thoughts on this debate. >> peter, i think following up on this morning's session, clearly to have a balanced approach we need
overall quality of life here. that has gotten better over the years. host: kelvin from portland, oregon. caller: good morning. thank you for hosting this show. looking at the census for the future -- hello? host: we can hear you. caller: i am a fan that enjoys the various topics that you show. i agree with the folks debtor showing demographic data -- that are showing demographic data. my question to the guests this morning has to do with the impact of a single member district verses running at large and the correlation to how that will impact the voting patterns for the future. that's my question. guest: i have to punt on that specific question. we saw that in the presidential election. never saw a so much attention given to demographics. that had a lot to do with the outcome. it may have some impact and it is part of the voting rights act. that is being relooked at again. host: to find a baby boomer -- define a baby boomer. those baby boomers at are beyond the age of retirement. how many are moving into retirement age in the next five or 10 years? guest: i don't have that number with m
continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. the reality behind the fiscal cliff is that if we really get down to work, talking with one another, digging into the details, it really is not that hard. the nuclear arsenal is a prime example and something that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves and is an illustration of why the fiscal sequestration level over the next 10 years for the department of defense, which would bring it down to 2007 spending levels adjusted for inflation, is really not that draconian. during the cold war, the united states spent on average $35 billion a year on its nuclear weapons complex. today, it spends an estimated $55 billion. the nuclear weapons budget is spread across the department of defense, department of energy, the department of homeland security, and the government doesn't publicly disclose how much it is, but the last year that the elements were aggregated together, it spent at least $52.4 billion, that's in 2008, according to the carnegie end
, but it is merely a symptom. look at hawaii, california, oregon, vermont -- they were passing these kinds of laws in the 1960's and the early-1970's. this is a home grown problem, not a united nations problem, and is a multi-trillion dollar problem that could cause a shift in the economy. host: beyond land use restrictions, what surprised you in researching this book >> guest: it was surprising to find a working class families in the 1960 -- in the 1890's had much higher ownership restrictions -- home ownership levels than middle-class families who did not want to own homes because they feared a working-class family would move in next door to them. by treating zoning and the war on sprawl, they were able to drive prices up. it made me suspicious when people talk about zoning nowadays. it is not a way to protect property values so much as it is to protect to discriminate against lower income people and i am not enthused about that. host: the book is entitled "american nightmare -- how government undermines the dream of homeownership. the offer, randal o'toole of the cato institute. -- horizon --
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